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I recently decided to write an article with the help of my brother, Tyler (who, though he is a huge draft junkie, is, unfortunately, is a Cowboys fan). We decided to give our best shot to predict the availability of each potential pick for the Steelers in the first round.

With the NFL Draft just around the corner now, what was once a murky picture is now becoming much more clear. After analyzing the needs of each team, we attempted to use our best judgment in determining which players will be available to the Steelers at pick 28.

We started by comprising a list of each potential candidate the Steelers would be interested in drafting in round one (assuming no trade occurs). We proceeded by giving each a player a percentage. This figure represents the likelihood that they could fall to Pittsburgh in round one.

After both Tyler and I predicted the percent chance of availability, we averaged our numbers together to come up with the final predictor. This is what we came up with.

Prospect Position Tommy's % Availability Tyler's % Availability Average % Availability
Harold Landry EDGE 5% 5% 5%
Jaire Alexander CB 5% 15% 10%
Leighton Vander Esch LB 10% 10% 10%
Vita Vea DT 15% 5% 10%
D.J. Moore WR 15% 10% 12.50%
Marcus Davenport EDGE 15% 15% 15%
Lamar Jackson QB 20% 30% 25%
Taven Bryan DT 45% 10% 27.50%
Da'Ron Payne DT 35% 25% 30%
Calvin Ridley WR 45% 15% 30%
Josh Jackson CB 40% 40% 40%
Mike Hughes CB 60% 70% 50%
Derrius Guice RB 45% 60% 52.50%
Maurice Hurst DT 65% 70% 67.50%
Courtland Sutton WR 70% 65% 67.50%
Rashaan Evans LB 75% 70% 72.50%
Isaiah Oliver CB 75% 95% 85%
DJ Chark WR 85% 95% 90%
Josh Sweat EDGE 85% 95% 90%
Jessie Bates S 90% 95% 92.50%
Dallas Goedert TE 90% 95% 92.50%
Harrison Phillips DT 95% 90% 92.50%
Justin Reid S 95% 95% 95%
Mike Gesicki TE 95% 95% 95%
Hayden Hurst TE 95% 95% 95%
Ronnie Harrison S 95% 100% 97.50%
Carlton Davis CB 100% 95% 97.50%
Anthony Miller WR 100% 100% 100%
Mason Rudolph QB 100% 100% 100%

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The Bad

The sad realization for Steelers fans is that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is most likely gone before pick 28 rolls around. Pittsburgh would likely have to trade up in order to land him. The Steelers could really use more help on the edge, but the top three edge rushers are likely off the board for their pick.

If a quarterback is really on the Steelers radar, Mason Rudolph will be available, but the top five signal callers are all but gone. There is a small chance Lamar Jackson could see his name slip late into the first.

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The Good

The Steelers could really use safety help, and according to our figures, They might be able to have their choice of Bates, Reid or Harrison if they choose to go that direction. Pittsburgh has addressed interest in running back Derrius Guice, who has a coin-flip chance of making it to 28.

Though Vander Esch is likely gone, the Steelers could choose to go with Rashaan Evans if they feel he can fit the bill. In addition, odds are that the Steelers can get a very solid cornerback. Between Josh Jackson, Mike Hughes, and Isaiah Oliver, at least one is destined to slip.

The Steelers will also likely have first shot at any tight end in this year's class, though it may be a little rich at pick 28.

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